|The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works
I first saw the work of Jeanmarie Nutt when I was jurying a show for the nearby O'Hanlon Center. I was struck by the clean, perfect craftsmanship of her work and the way that process reflected content in the repetitive patterning of the imagery and its reference to the fleetingness of memory.
The art department at the College of Marin has attracted an amazing faculty and that is where Jeanmarie has honed her skills as an artist. Lately she has been reflecting on her childhood experience and the cultural and familial dynamics that shaped her …including: growing up in the Deep South in the 50’s and 60’s, being raised in the Baptist church, and experiencing the confining roles reserved for women.
She is most interested in producing art that tells a story, that reveals or conceals a secret, and that connects the personal to the universal. In her latest work, she uses fiber art techniques (both traditional and contemporary) and translucent fabrics to tell a portion of her story, the story of her childhood, as she interprets it.
dreaming about play...
dimensions are 5 1/8" x 9 1/4" when closed
5 1/8" x 33" x 9 1/4" when open in the accordion.
Dreaming about play is the third book in a series exploring childhood memory and emotion. Each time the artist create a piece about her childhood, it becomes an opportunity for her to look at it from a different perspective...to re-frame her experience in a new and different way. She is allowed to re-visit, revise, and re-tell a slightly different story. In this book the repetition of images, the circles, and the subdued palette, give the playscapes a dreamlike quality, a looking-back feel, where memory is imperfect and substitutes the familiar when it cannot recall the specific